Sisterhood of Survivor’s momo recipe

The Sisterhood of Survivor's program is empowering women survivors of trafficking to gain the skills they need to successfully reintegrate into society. How are they doing this? Through a simple momo making demonstration for G Adventures travellers! Not only are these little dumplings changing lives, they are also delicious!

Our partner's at SASANE kindly shared their famous momo recipe with us so that you too can make this delicious snack from your home. 


1 small cabbage
2 carrots (medium)
2 red onions (medium sized)
1 bunch spring onion
1 bunch coriander
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
½ tablespoon cumin powder
½ tablespoon ginger paste
½ tablespoon garlic paste
½ tablespoon momo masala
1 tablespoon olive oil

500g or 2 cups plain flour
225ml water


1. Grate the cabbage and carrots and place in a large bowl. Take handfuls and squeeze the water out and place in another large bowl.

2. Finely chop the onion, spring onion and and coriander and add to the cabbage and carrot. Mix well.

3. Add the salt, cumin powder, ginger paste, garlic paste, momo masala to the vegetable and mix well. The momo filling is now ready.

4. Now prepare the dough – place flour in a bowl and add the water. Mix together and form a dough, and knead for about 10min

5. Create a ball of dough and grease with a little oil all over, and place in a plastic bag (this keeps the dough soft)

6.  Divide dough into smaller balls – take one and roll out on a floured surface, so that it is not too thin but also not too thick. Take a glass and cut out circles of dough. Continue until all dough is used.

6. Start to fold momo – take one circle of dough, place a small amount of momo filling inside the circle. With the left hand pull and pinch dough together in a circle, continuously pushing the filling in with your thumb on the right hand.

7. Take a steamer and boil water in the bottom pan.

8. Take the top pan and grease with a light coating of oil before putting the momo in the pan.

9. Once the water is boiling place the steamer filled with momos on top. Cover with the lid and steam for 12-15mins.
                      *for chicken or meat momo steam for 15-20mins

10. Serve the hot momos with the tomato and coriander sauce and enjoy!


½ kg tomatoes finely chopped
1 chilly (or more to taste) finely chopped
salt (season to taste)
1 ½ teaspoons olive oil
1 small bunch coriander finely chopped
2 cloves garlic
½ small cup water
¼ teaspoon turmeric


1. Heat a fry pan over medium heat and add oil and garlic.

2. Saute garlic for a few minutes until brown

3. Add chillies, tomatoes, turmeric and salt and cook for a couple of minutes

4. Add water and cook for a further few minutes

5. Remove pan from heat, add coriander and stir in well and allow to cool. 

6. Place mixture in processor and blend until smooth.

7. Serve with hot momos.


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